In an interview with a civil society organization “Un Monde Avenir”, on August 21, 2017, Cardinal Christian Tumi declared that ” There has never been a marriage between Anglophone Cameroon and Francophone Cameroon. They live in cohabitation . ”
For this man of God in retirement, no act was formally taken in July 1961 in Foumban. ” They did not sign anything to fool. Prime Minister John Ngu Foncha did not have the power to negotiate, because Cameroon was under the tutelage of France and England. As the French supported Ahidjo, they were at the conference. It was England and the United Nations that had to validate the act. But these two were not present. There has never been a document about what happened in Foumban. People went to drink wine . ”
Christian Tumi recalled that Cameroon enjoyed good governance, the country was ” well managed, development was the basis. There was a prime minister in every part of the country. Paul Biya had signed a text on federalism ( Reference to the 1996 Constitution, Editor’s note ) which specified that the governors should be elected, it should have ten federated states. Paul Biya then promised decentralization. That must have been good. But I have the impression that he was asleep when he signed the document and that he woke up after doing so, since he did not implement anything. The problem is that you do not want to share power, “he says.
Obviously, the former archbishop of Douala does not hide his disappointment at the bad governance of President Paul Biya. For Cardinal Tumi, there is an anglophone problem. ” Even if the problems are the same everywhere in the country, the Northwest and South West has its own specificities.Anglophone Cameroon was already considered a country and managed itself, with its administration, a prime minister before joining Cameroon. He believes that an effective implementation of decentralization would have eliminated any problem. Especially those he sees in other parts of the country. “
As for the acts of violence perpetrated, Cardinal Tumi declares ” One can forgive the person, it is the passion but it is unacceptable. All violence is unacceptable. We cut a hand to a girl who was going to compose. No reason can allow this. We can forgive them but it is not punishable criminally “.